Welcome Pack

  • Seita Scholar Brooke receives a quilt as part of her Welcome Pack donated by Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters.

  • Seita Scholar Krystia receiving part of her Welcome Pack.

Scholars and volunteers holding welcome packs.

Welcome Packs support Seita Scholars' transition to campus.


Many Seita Scholars will arrive at Western Michigan University without basic household items. To help students fill this gap, we are seeking groups and individuals who are willing to sponsor one or more welcome packs and fill it with supplies for an incoming Seita Scholar. Our goal is to give every new Seita Scholar a full welcome pack and have modified packs for returning Seita Scholars. We welcome individual items and complete welcome packs. We ask that all items be full-sized and in new condition. If you would like to make a monetary donation instead, you can write a check payable to Western Michigan University with the notation: "Seita Scholars Program – Welcome Packs" in the memo line. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for supporting the Seita Scholars Program!!

2021 drop-off dates and times

Tuesday, August 3, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 5, 11:30 - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, August 11, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Monday, August 16, 11:30 - 1:30 pm

Items can be dropped off at the Seita Program Offices in the Faunce Student Services Building on the ground floor facing Kohrman Hall. As indicated on the map below, the Seita Scholars Offices can be reached off of the Ring Road (Knollwood Ave.) by turning into the parking lot between Western View Apartments and Trimpe Hall (parking lot 39). Note that the roundabout in the upper corner of the map is directly east of the intersection of West Michigan Ave. and Howard Street.

If you have any questions or need to arrange an alternate time for drop off, please contact Peter Thompson directly at (269) 929-0242 or via email at peter.h.thompson@wmich.edu


Welcome Pack items

Items needed for this year's welcome packs include:

  • Bathing sponges/puffs
  • Body wash/bar soap
  • Box fan
  • Deodorant
  • Dry Erase Board
  • Extension Cord
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hair brush and combs
  • Hypoallergenic pillow
  • Nail clippers
  • Laundry basket (large, rectangular)
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Lotion
  • Planner
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Razors
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Shaving cream/gel
  • Shower caddy 
  • Shower shoes and shower cap
  • Toilet Paper (4 pack)
  • Toothbrush (2-pack) and toothpaste 
  • Twin blanket 
  • Twin comforter
  • Sheet set (Twin XL or Full)
  • Mattress Pad (Twin XL or Full)
  • Tote, 30 Gallon
  • Two bath towels, one hand towel, and five washcloths
  • Umbrella
  • First Aid kit

The Seita Scholars Program also collects the following school supplies:

**Spiral Notebooks ** Three Ring Binders **

** 3 x 5 Note Cards ** Pocket Folders

**Highlighters (multipacks) ** Pens (multipacks)